Did you Know you Can Customize Required Restaurant Signs?

What Signs Are Required for Restaurants?

Table of Contents
Customer Signs
Alcohol Signs
Franchise Signs
Establishment Signs
Kitchen Signs
Worker Signs
Minor Employee Signs
>50 Employees Signs
Waste Area Signs

Every new business owner, particularly of a restaurant, should be aware of the required signage to post within their establishment. Much of this required signage is offered by the city in which the restaurant or business is located, but some business owners are choosing to go above and beyond in order to draw in the right customer.

In New York City specifically, the following signs are required for each area of an eatery or bar.

Signs Required for Customer Area:

Maximum Occupancy Sign

  • Certificate of occupancy
  • Food service establishment permit
  • Choking first aid signage
  • CPR kit and information
  • Sales tax certificate of authority
  • Sales tax included (for selling with tax included)
  • Place of assembly certificate of operation and permit (for seating 75 or more customers indoors and 200 or more outdoors)
  • Maximum occupancy for place of assembly

Signs for Establishments Selling Alcohol:

    • Liquor license
    • Warning for pregnant women
    • No liquor sold to minors or intoxicated adults

For franchises with 15 or more locations:

  • Calorie counts for menu items

Signs Required throughout the Establishment:

No Smoking and No Vaping Sign

Signs Required for the Kitchen:

  • Food allergies
  • Fire alarm test record
  • Equipment use permits (refrigerators, boilers and HVAC units)
  • For range hoods
  • Schematic of hood and ducts
  • How to clean hoods and ducts
  • Record of cleaning hoods and ducts
  • Record of inspecting hood and duct

Signs Required for Worker Area:

  • Minimum wage
  • Fair labor standards act
  • Benefits and hours
  • Wage deductions
  • Tips and taxation
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Occupational safety
  • Right to know workplace hazards
  • Equal opportunity
  • Pregnancy rights
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Employment of ex-criminals
  • Veterans benefits
  • Disability benefits
  • Polygraph protection act notice
  • Employee voting leave

Signs for Businesses Employing Minors:

  • Permitted working hours for minors

For Employing more than 50 people:

  • Family medical leave act

Signs for Waste Areas:

  • Recycling instructions
  • Private carter information and schedule

Though these types of signs and certificates can be obtained for free, many upscale and trendy spots are choosing to customize them. Rather than having a standard sign or poster framed on the wall, some restaurant owners are spending extra money to commission illustrations and art that will stand out.

One such establishment is Sauvage in Brooklyn, New York. Co-founder Joshua Boissy said “If you’re trying to stand out in a city with 9 million people you have to find your own way to do that. That’s one of the ways we do that.” Most of the time, required signage is generic and hidden in hallways but when these signs are customized they can be displayed as part of the restaurant scheme.

▸Alex Holden’s “choking victim” hangs at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

Although standing out in New York City is much more of a challenge than in smaller cities, every business owner is looking for ways to bring in the right customer and keep them coming back. Why not use custom signs and posters to satisfy inspection requirements? As long as restaurant owners follow the rules and include the correct text and visuals, custom compliant signage can be used to complement a restaurant or bar setting, rather than simply meet basic requirements.

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Custom signage is available in many sizes, types and materials. Depending on the restaurant or bar aesthetics, business owners can customize brass, vinyl, aluminum or plastic.

Before customizing signs for your eatery or business, make sure you check the local requirements of your city to ensure you include the correct message and visual on each sign.

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